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Safe Ride program gearing up for busy holiday

Published On: Dec 24 2013 08:10:23 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 20 2013 06:55:31 AM CST
Community encouraged to use Safe Ride Program this New Year's Eve

Local bars and restaurants want to make sure you make it home safe this holiday season.

They are reminding people about the Safe Ride program sponsored by the Tavern League.

If you feel like you've had too much to drink, the bartender will give you a voucher for a free ride home, no questions asked.

Last year, the Tavern League spent about $70,000 giving 7,000 people a free ride home.

They say the money is worth it if it means keeping our roads safe. "It's a very worthy program, it's been very successful in La Crosse. OWI's are down 30% in probably the past 5 to 8 years and we attribute a lot of that to the Safe Ride program."

The Tavern League is also teaming with Wettsteins to hold a raffle to raise money for the program.

The grand prize is an 84-inch big screen TV.

Tickets will be sold at local bars and taverns for $10. The drawing is in April.